Kansas Senator Jerry Moran is sponsoring legislation aimed at increasing donations to food banks. Businesses can use a tax credit when they donate food to food banks, but part of that is set to expire at the end of the year. Moran's bill would make that tax credit permanent, and would also extend the credit to other businesses and farmers. Valerie Nicholson-Watson is president and CEO of Harvesters, a food bank network in Kansas and Missouri. She says lots of food is wasted at farms and businesses like restaurants. She says the cost of handling and donating food can be a disincentive to businesses.
Senator Moran's proposed legislation has three co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
A committee in the U.S. Senate will consider legislation cosponsored by Kansas Senator Jerry Moran that’s aimed at using tax credits to increase donations to food banks. The legislation would expand tax credits for businesses that donate food to food banks. KPR's Stephen Koranda reports.